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College of Liberal Arts

Purdue Bands and Orchestra

Opportunities for study and performance in instrumental music abound on the Purdue campus. Seventeen ensembles are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, including concert bands, jazz bands, a marching band, a vocal/instrumental jazz group and two symphony orchestras. The different ensembles allow for participation by students with varying degrees of proficiency, from average player to near professional. Students also have the opportunity to participate in small ensemble and solo situations as well as in two basketball pep bands and the volleyball pep band.

Purdue instrumental ensembles are recognized campus-wide and world-wide for the high standards they set. Purdue bands have performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and have traveled to Japan, Singapore, China and South America as musical ambassadors for the University. Over 125 years of rich tradition inspire more than 600 students each year to participate in one or more University band ensembles.

Participation in Purdue bands and orchestra is open to any Purdue student through a regular audition process. Band and orchestra courses are scheduled in the same manner as other academic classes and carry two hours of academic credit a semester.

General Information

Band and orchestra credit is accepted toward the graduation requirements, in various amounts, by all colleges and schools on campus. Students in the College of Liberal Arts may receive credit for four semesters (or eight total credit hours) of band. Membership in any band course is by audition and with the consent of the instructor. The larger and more unusual instruments — as well as all uniforms — used in instrumental ensembles are owned by the University and are available on loan from the department without charge to students registered for a band course.

The University assesses a small lab fee and an activity fee for participation in band courses and charges an hourly rate for applied music lessons based on the lesson package selected. Required public performances are an essential part of the ensemble courses.

Students seeking additional information about, or membership in, University Bands should contact the University Bands Office, Room 135, Elliott Hall of Music. Personal auditions or interviews may be arranged any weekday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., 765-494-0770.

Bands Faculty

J.S. Gephart, Director of Bands

Professors: J.S. Gephart, M.M.; M.T. Trout, D.M.A.

Professor Emeritus: A.G. Wright, M.Ed., LL.D.

Associate Professors: P.J. Nave, D.M.A.

Assistant Professors: I. Cox, M.M.; A. King, M.M.

Instructor: M. Jones, M.M.